Introduction to Psychology (5 Weeks)

Course Code: PSY100-S
This course offers students insight into the fascinating study of the mind. We will begin by introducing you to yourself. We'll explore questions like: How do you see yourself? How do you sense the world around you? What are you likely to remember and in what way? What role do emotions and moods play in your daily life? Are you rational in your decisions? Were you born this way? We'll also consider how we interact in our relationships, how we might do better and why some people draw us closer while others repel us. Further topics we will touch upon include: the roots of prejudice and racism, morality, psychopathology, psychological problems (depression, schizophrenia and anxiety), evolutionary psychology, as well as dreams and some thoughts on hypnosis. Students will be encouraged to suggest other topics of interest as well. Our ultimate aim is to better understand ourselves and our behaviors as well as those of others. As an introductory course, no previous study in psychology is required. Just bring your mind and be willing to share your thoughts and to sometimes question your own beliefs.

1. Understand the scope of scientific psychology.

2. Be familiar with some psychological theories as your tool to understand others, the world, and yourself better than before.

3. Be knowledgeable of the basic theories and skills to deal with stress and psychological crisis.

Those interested in learning the basics of psychology, and how those basics can be used to understand the self, others, and the world.

English Level: Advanced

No textbook required
Mete Yazici
Mete Yazici is a tri-lingual and multi-cultural professional living and working in Japan. He has worked in Financial Services, Insurance, IT/Software, and Legal Services as a senior leader for more than 22 years before transitioning to Leadership Coaching and Training. Mete's current mission is to help companies and leaders drive sustainable growth.
He is a holder of International Coach Federation's Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation, in addition
to M.Sc. In Psychology from California Southern University, MBA from International University of Japan, and Certificate in NGO Management from Temple University. He is currently working to become a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD.)
His interests cover a wide range of topics such as Positive Psychology, Leadership Development, Digital well-being, Self-Leadership, and Coaching.